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From the GMR: NLM 175th Anniversary Lecture: Dec. 16 at 10 am ET

As the National Library of Medicine's 175th anniversary draws to a close, we invite you to hear an interesting perspective on the future.

Biomedical Libraries in the Next Decades: Open, Diffuse, and Very Personal

Clifford Lynch, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
National Library of Medicine
Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A

December 16, 2011
10:00-11:30 am

Link for videocast

Abstract: This talk will look at some of the forces that are reshaping both biomedical informatics and biomedical libraries, and the complex convergence occurring between the two on intellectual and institutional levels as scientific data, traditional publications, and even business and regulatory records are linked together and become the subject of large scale computation. I will also examine radical changes building up in the scholarly publishing system that serves this discipline as a result of these developments. Finally, I'll briefly discuss ways in which the current unstable consensus about privacy, the advancement of science, database creation and data reuse might shift in the context of broader social developments in health care and citizen science and what that might mean for the knowledge base that supports biomedicine.

Dr. Lynch is Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), with about 200 member organizations (including NLM) concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship. CNI's agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, he spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. He serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees, including the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress and Microsoft Corporation's Technical Computing Science Advisory Board. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association's Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education's Homer Bernhardt Award.

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